5 Reasons Dogs Are The Real Heroes Of My Romance Novels

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5 Reasons Dogs Are The Real Heroes Of My Romance Novels


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By Jill Shalvis

I often get asked why I put animals in my romance novels. Especially dogs. They make great companions for one thing.  They add fun and humor and undeniable heart.  Plus, they’re the ultimate confidant and then there’s the biggest reason – they give unconditional love.  Here’s my Top Five reasons why dogs make great sidekicks.

1. Because when you’re on the mountain trail and you come across an angry mama bear and her baby cubs, your dog will run like hell. This will warn you to run like hell as well.  Just be careful because if your dog is like my dog, he will throw you under the bus (or in this case bear) to get home before you do.

2.Because when all the cookies are gone, you can totally blame your cookie-loving dog. No one has to know that you ate all the cookies yourself. And your dog can give you dirty looks for blaming him, but he can’t actually talk and dispute your story. Solid alibi.

3.Because if you’ve eaten in a way that disagrees with your stomach, there are never any worries. Your dog will always, ALWAYS, out stink you. And if he doesn’t, you can still point the finger at him. Again, he can’t talk and dispute your story.

4.Dogs are not just great sidekicks they also make great a really great wingman. If you’re single, you can totally put your dog to work at charming the person your interested in. Just make sure that person likes dog drool and dog hair all over everything first.

5.There is never a need for a pillow or extra blanket because your dog will always be willing to get into bed with you and share body heat. Always. Just be forewarned.  Being a great sidekick is not the same thing as a good bed partner. They have a habit of being a total bed hog.

Make sure to read about Gracie, the 150 pound St. Bernard in Rainy Day Friends, out now. 🙂

About the Author


New York Times, USA Today and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill's bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

Look for Jill's latest book, Rainy Day Friends, here! And follow her personal blog here.

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